9 Books to Get Us in the Back-to-School Spirit

If you haven't yet noticed, it's August. You've probably been enjoying the summer frolicking around outside, eating frozen treats, and going on all sorts of adventures. But whether you want to believe it or not, back-to-school season is right around the corner. Are you ready? Here are some books we love to get us in the back-to-school mood.

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is not like any school we know. We only wish we could have a magical major.

2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Hailsham boarding school is a place where every student is told they are "special." But a lot of weird stuff ends up happening. A thought-provoking mystery prompts the characters to question their time at the school many years later.

3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Ah, the joys of academics. This group of youngsters at a New England college are captivated by the classics, which leads them to form their own little academic cult. What happens when many great minds think alike?

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

A compelling look into the lives of teens searching for meaning in a boarding school. Miles Halter falls in with a group that together weaves a cultural cloth about surviving the harshness of youth.

5. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Lee Fiora becomes entrenched in prep-school life at the Ault School in Massachusetts. But will it prove to be too much for her when something threatens her reputation?

6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Holden Caulfield is looking for an end to phoniness. After leaving his constricting prep school, he takes a trip to New York City, which allows him to see what is truly beautiful and innocent in the world.

7. Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum

When a revolutionary new English teacher at Welton Academy inspires a group of boys to resurrect a former academic club, the boys breathe new life. But when the administration catches on, everyone's future becomes threatened.

8. An Education by Lynn Barber

Lynn Barber got one hell of an education when she began an affair with an older man, who taught her all about a dream life of luxury that she never could have imagined.

9. Matilda by Roald Dahl

What happens when one truly exceptional girl seeks revenge?

We hope you're warmed up and ready to hit the books for your new season of academics!

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